December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month.
As a family caregiver, you likely spend a considerable amount of your time driving around, and this means making sure you are driving safely and effectively is a critical part of staying safe with your senior, as well as when you are managing other responsibilities and tasks in your day.
While National Impaired Driving Prevention Month focuses primarily on impairment from alcohol and other substances, as a family caregiver, you should also understand the importance of not driving while impaired through distraction, tiredness, and other issues. Understanding the dangers of not being at your best when you get behind the wheel can help you to make good decisions about your care efforts and your personal health and safety.
Some things you should know about National impaired driving prevention month include:
-The holiday season is considered the most dangerous in terms of impaired driving and accounts for a large percentage of injuries and deaths associated with auto accidents each year.
-Nearly 10,500 people die as a result of car crashes with alcohol involved each year.
-Impaired driving leads to nearly 30 percent of all vehicle fatalities.
-25 percent of auto fatalities are caused by distracted driving.
-80 percent of auto accidents have distracted driving as a contributing factor.
-Nearly 400,000 injuries are caused each year by distracted driving.
-9 people in the United States die each day as a result of distracted driving.
-Even checking a navigation system is considered a form of distracted driving and takes the focus off the road.
-Having your mind wander or thinking about something else is a leading form of distracted driving and can be extremely dangerous.
-Mobile phone use while driving causes nearly 2 million auto accidents in the United States each year
-The average driver takes 5 seconds to look at a text message or answer a call when driving. This means they are not looking at the road for those 5 seconds, which can mean driving the length of a football field without watching.
Safe and reliable transportation can be one of the most beneficial services a senior care provider can give to an aging loved one.
A senior home care services provider can bring your elderly parent where they need to go or want to go on a schedule that is right for them. This encourages them to be more independent and autonomous, taking on more of their own activities as well as participating in the community around them. As a family caregiver, this can give you confidence that they are able to enjoy a more engaged and fulfilling quality of life as they age in place, and that you can experience less stress and more flexibility in your schedule.
If you or an aging loved one is considering a Caregiver in Springfield, VA, please contact the caring staff at Access Home Care Inc. Proudly Serving Northern Virginia and Surroundings for over 12 years.
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